The Washington Times - September 24, 2013, 06:20PM

Sen. Ted Cruz opened up about his footwear Tuesday, saying that he took the “cowards way out” by ditching in the name of comfort his favorite pair of black ostrich-skin boots in favor of black tennis shoes before launching a filibuster against Obamcare.

The admission came about three hours into his filibuster of Obamacare funding and during a brief exchange with Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican who had told Mr. Cruz that he walked away from his 13-hour filibuster earlier this year over U.S. drone use wishing he had worn more comfortable shoes.

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Mr. Cruz revealed that he had a difficult choice to make before he entered the chamber because his boots had served as a good luck charm during his days in the courtroom and that he has always worn them on Capitol Hill.

“I had a choice with which I was confronted,” the Texas Republican said. “Do I follow through with my argument boots or do I listen to the very sage council of my friend from Kentucky and go with more comfortable shoes.”
“I will embarrassingly admit that I took the coward’s way out,” he continued. “So I went and purchased some black tennis shoes, in fact I think they are same model as the senior senator from Utah, Orrin Hatch, wears on a regular basis. So I am not in my argument boots and I confess that I really do feel embarrassed by that.”